FILE: Yemen's Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani
CAIRO – 28 July 2018: Yemen's Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani affirmed that Houthi militias are obligating the military and security forces members to join brainwashing sessions and courses aiming to transform them into another Islamic Revolutionary Guards.
“This is something they will never succeed in doing,” al-Eryani said on his Twitter account on Friday. He added that Houthi militias threatened military members with demobilization and military trials if they refused to attend the alleged courses.
“Houthis’ forcible courses are just another attempt at brainwashing Yemenis. They are aiming to change their ideologies, principles and beliefs. Soldier’s Military doctrine should be only devoted to their country. They will never succeed in cloning another [set of] Islamic Revolutionary Guards,” Eryani wrote on Twitter.
In a following tweet, Eryani assured the military members who are within the areas of Houthi forces control that all measures are taken against them by the militias are not legal. He called on them to resist the armed group and join the legitimate forces.
Eryani has been tweeting regularly lately regarding the latest escalations in Yemen. On July 6, he wrote that Yemeni civilians in al-Hudaydah city are suffering mainly because of the violations of Houthi militias who use civilians as human protecting shields during clashes.
He added that Houthi militias know that the safety of civilians is the priority of the legitimate government in Yemen; therefore, they use them in the middle of battles to survive.
Moreover, Al-Eryani wondered about the discussions of some international organizations regarding the situation in Yemen, especially closing the roads in al-Hudaydah, and neglecting to point out that Houthi militias keep controlling the city.
“Why do these organizations never mention the Houthis’ responsibility over this closure, especially since they are the main controllers of the city at the moment?” Eryani asked.
He also demanded that international organizations attribute the current violations in Hudaydah to the armed militias that use civilians as human shields. “We also wish these organizations would make it clear in their reports that civilians usually escape the conflict zones heading to other locations of which the Yemeni government has control over,” Eryani added in his Twitter thread.
He affirmed that the government is extremely keen on maintain and protecting civilians’ lives, and try as much as possible to provide them with safe roads and passages to move safely from militia control areas.
The situation has been escalating and deteriorating rapidly in al-Hudaydah city since June 2018. Clashes have been increasing between the forces of the Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthis as both sides accused each other of using civilians as shields; however, international media outlets have been reporting that the flaming battle caused the closure of certain main roads, and preventing humanitarian access to civilians.
Hodeida International Airport has been the goal of both sides as the Saudi Arabian-led military forces in Yemen have claimed more than once that it has been liberated of Houthis; on the other hand, the armed militias are giving frequent statements assuring that they are still controlling the vital airport.
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